richard cohen

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I doubt if Sony will buckle that easily since they make the xqd cards. Nikon however would be well served to work with these guys to upgrade firmware. They don't have a stake in xqd itself, but they certainly do have a stake in making the tens of thousands of their customers with d5, d500 and d850 cameras happy with options for memory cards. That is unless Sony puts pressure on Nikon to stick it out because of how they work together on sensors which is even more critical...

Link | Posted on Apr 9, 2018 at 17:38 UTC as 10th comment | 1 reply
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noflashplease: Canon has rescued the EOS-M/EF-M line from the embarrassing clearance of the first generation and temporary discontinuation of the line in the United States. I didn't think it was possible but apparently the Japanese home market soaked up a few generations of very awkward mirrorless bodies. Compared to Sony's recent third generation A7 hit parade, Canon doesn't have to hit a home run with its first full frame mirrorless body. With such a loyal customer base and unassailable brand, Canon just needs to avoid a total strikeout like the original EOS M. Mission accomplished. Probably.
Meanwhile, Nikon is still in the dark funk of the probable discontinuation of the Nikon 1/CX system and some truly dated entry level bodies FX bodies. Nikon is so far behind in the mirrorless market that their first full frame mirrorless body will have to tick every box in terms of features, performance, and just as important, price. There's no room for error.

I think nikon and canon are in the exact same position with mirrorless--they have both had lousy products in the market and got killed. So they need to up their game, and soon. Fuji and Sony aren't standing still...but nikon and canon both bring significant strengths to the mirrorless party so hopefully these upcoming releases will be competitive. They do need to be.

Link | Posted on Mar 23, 2018 at 22:59 UTC

Nikon is evidently working on the same thing...good for everyone. I have used the nikon v1 (hated it) and v2 (better but still not great), hoping both of these companies can give fuji a run for their money. Nikon is killing it with their high end dslr's these days, but in mirrorless both nikon and canon are way behind, and nobody is standing still.

Link | Posted on Mar 23, 2018 at 22:57 UTC as 142nd comment

I have a d850 and a d500. I never liked nikon's going it alone with xqd, but the cameras as so good I have one card for each of them. In a few years when successor bodies come out I bet nikon switches back and I will go with them.

Link | Posted on Mar 5, 2018 at 17:36 UTC as 31st comment | 3 replies
On article Sigma unveils 105mm F1.4 Art 'bokeh master' (326 comments in total)
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keepreal: Why do none of the leading lens manufacturers make a series of high quality, compact lens of f/4 or smaller?

In my opinion, this is a conspiracy. How is this possible? Quite simply, there are lots of folk out there who have little sense. I am not talking of the people who have a genuine need for a wide aperture but the 80% I reckon who do not. I cannot back up that figure but that is my best guess.

Benjamin Kanarek wants this lens and he appears not to be the only one. Not yet is this the case here, but when DPR gives the numbers who own a product, used to or want to, people jump to say they have it or had it before the product even is available.

This is a Sigma Art lens. That means it must be good, not that all in the series are especially, certainly not up to what you would expect for the size, weight and prices.

Between the one kind of madness and another, is it any wonder that so many of these monoliths are produced. The manufacturers are laughing all the way to the bank.

The only 'small and light' f4 lens that I know is the nikon 300mm e pf vr lens. I love that lens for close in wildlife shots, prefer it to my bigger wildlife lens. But I see your point.

Link | Posted on Feb 28, 2018 at 20:58 UTC
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richard cohen: That is amazing. The nikon lineup is particularly strong these days, and I don't understand it, but canon seems to be lagging behind. Hopefully this is fueling them on to make a great full frame mirrorless using their existing good tech. I had been thinking that fuji should buy them...

Sorry, I wasn't clear...I was thinking that a Fuji/Nikon combination might be a good one. Nikon has the best af system on the planet and seems to really know a lot about designing good sensors. Fuji has a great mirrorless system. They both make great lenses.

Link | Posted on Jan 27, 2018 at 00:01 UTC

That is amazing. The nikon lineup is particularly strong these days, and I don't understand it, but canon seems to be lagging behind. Hopefully this is fueling them on to make a great full frame mirrorless using their existing good tech. I had been thinking that fuji should buy them...

Link | Posted on Jan 24, 2018 at 17:18 UTC as 31st comment | 2 replies
On article Nikon D850 vs Sony a7R III: Which is best? (1095 comments in total)

All I can say is that it is really great to have so many good choices of cameras. I'm still shooting nikon (including a d850), but have a fuji xt2 kit for when we want to go small and light. I imagine the sony stuff is just as great as the nikon. I'm not going to get involved in nitpicking which system has what strengths, basically all are variants of fantastic. What I wonder is when we will hear from Canon...

Link | Posted on Dec 6, 2017 at 02:07 UTC as 100th comment | 1 reply
On article Sony a7R Mark III review (1253 comments in total)
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richard cohen: Sounds like the mirrorless equivalent to the D850..AF sounds like it is good but not as good, and write speeds not as good. Faster fps which is nice to have for wildlife and sports, but only if you can lock focus. Otherwise sounds at least as good as d850. Two fantastic cameras for us lucky consumers!

I get it, but with the d500/d850/d5 af system you can use group af and it is almost uncanny in its ability to lock on where you want it for objects moving too quickly to move the focus point around. I'm sure the sony af system is great, all I can tell you is when I'm shooting critters, most of the time I can use group af and let the camera figure out where focus should be when the action gets going...and it just works. If you have time to set af point manually (static or slow moving subjects), I'm sure the sony system is killer, just like nikon. As I said, these both seem like superb cameras.

Link | Posted on Dec 4, 2017 at 16:26 UTC
On article Sony a7R Mark III review (1253 comments in total)
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richard cohen: Sounds like the mirrorless equivalent to the D850..AF sounds like it is good but not as good, and write speeds not as good. Faster fps which is nice to have for wildlife and sports, but only if you can lock focus. Otherwise sounds at least as good as d850. Two fantastic cameras for us lucky consumers!

Maybe, but not if you shoot a lot of moving subjects like in sports and wildlife photography. I'm not criticizing the camera, the d850 just has a couple of different strengths is all. Imo these are the two best examples of the state of the art right now. I wonder what Canon is thinking/doing?

Link | Posted on Dec 2, 2017 at 15:45 UTC
On article Sony a7R Mark III review (1253 comments in total)

Sounds like the mirrorless equivalent to the D850..AF sounds like it is good but not as good, and write speeds not as good. Faster fps which is nice to have for wildlife and sports, but only if you can lock focus. Otherwise sounds at least as good as d850. Two fantastic cameras for us lucky consumers!

Link | Posted on Dec 2, 2017 at 01:57 UTC as 68th comment | 6 replies

24-70 art isn't discounted. I'm a bit surprised.

Link | Posted on Nov 20, 2017 at 20:54 UTC as 20th comment | 3 replies

Personally I think nikon should explore strategic partnerships (samsung?) or maybe even a sale of the company (fuji?)...but in the meantime they seem to be making the best high end dslr's which are in great demand, along with superb glass, so it's not that the sky is completely falling for them.

Link | Posted on Oct 30, 2017 at 20:27 UTC as 103rd comment
On article Hands-on with new Fujifilm X and GF lenses (122 comments in total)

Their lenses are fantastic, but they aren't cheap!

Link | Posted on Oct 28, 2017 at 15:07 UTC as 10th comment | 3 replies

I would never, ever check my camera gear on any airplane ever. Between likely damage and/or theft, it just isn't worth it. If that means I can't take everything I would wish to take, so be it.

Link | Posted on Oct 21, 2017 at 01:11 UTC as 79th comment
On article Hello Lightroom CC: Embracing the future (506 comments in total)

I don't mind the subscription model if it is reasonably priced, and at $10/month (for now) I believe this is. The cloud storage 1tb limit is pretty small these days however, as I found out when I tried to load my photos onto the cloud...I have 1.1 tb, so I either have to pay up, or get my stored photos down...I'm taking the latter approach, but that is not a long term solution. The 'new' lr seems a bit like an advanced beta to me, with pretty limited functionality so far, but they will catch up. What I really don't like is how adobe basically just dumped this on all its users without much in the way of explanation. They should have put out a detailed video on the what/why concurrent with launch...

Link | Posted on Oct 19, 2017 at 15:25 UTC as 75th comment | 6 replies
On article Nikon's official D850 lens recommendation list (308 comments in total)

I think my 500mm e fl vr would work just fine with it!

Link | Posted on Oct 11, 2017 at 21:11 UTC as 111th comment

Interesting. Intuitively I've never liked using the saturation slider much, I just see too many images that seem all pumped up in color to the point of looking artificial imo...but I do use the vibrance slider carefully, to my eye it can create a more attractive image that doesn't look artificial like over boosting saturation can.

Link | Posted on Oct 1, 2017 at 14:32 UTC as 8th comment
On article Tamron SP 24-70mm F2.8 G2 sample gallery (96 comments in total)

I have the g2 version (nikon), and my comparison is against the 'old' nikon 24-70. I've only used the tamron a couple of times so far, and have not done exhaustive testing, but my early impression is that the lens is about as sharp as the nikon, give or take. It feels like it focuses (d810) a little slower, but not a big deal, and the image stabilization is a big plus. I've been selling a bunch of camera lenses and have been taking a bunch of indoor shots of the gear under natural light at pretty slow shutter speeds and the is seems to work very well. Even if not quite as sharp (and I can't tell a difference), the is makes many shots more sharp relative to a lens that does not have it..so that is in my mind the big plus over my old nikon.

Link | Posted on Sep 19, 2017 at 17:20 UTC as 15th comment
On article Nikon D850 Review (2095 comments in total)

To me the d850 is all about incremental gains relative to other cameras out there. I doubt there are any 'game changing' technological innovations coming at this point. The tech has gotten so good (same with phones) that we should not expect huge improvements as time goes by...those are already baked into the great cameras we've been lucky enough to have the past couple of years.

What is good about the d850 imo is that nikon has combined all of the latest tech (great dr, good high iso, fast fps, high resolution, best af performance) into one package at a fair price. Sure, they got to cherry pick the af system from the d5/d500 so there was no development cost....but who cares, there is no better af system in a dslr these days. I am pleased that dr and high iso performance are at least as good as the d810, if not a tad better. The rest of the specs make the d850 the best 'all arounder' dslr on the market. Hopefully the qc is ok as well.

Link | Posted on Sep 12, 2017 at 11:50 UTC as 269th comment | 5 replies
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